First edition of a scarce detective novel by American journalism Frederick William Thomas. Binding extremities a bit worn, labels rubbed. Lightly foxed throughout, as usual. From the Library of the Philomathaen Society of Gettysburg College, with its nineteenth-century bookplates and embossed title-page stamp in each volume. A good, clean copy. Publisher's brown-purple muslin, partially faded, printed paper spine labels. Twelvemo. 227; 216 pp. Item #16067
Thomas (1806-1866), who was a nephew of printer Isaiah Thomas, was educated in Baltimore, where he studied law and was admitted to the bar. Thomas, who spent periods of his life practicing law, as a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and as an English professor at the University of Alabama, worked as an associate editor of the Democratic Intelligencer in 1834, and of the Evening Post in 1835, and in 1860 took charge of the literary department of the Richmond Enquirer, and afterward became editorially connected with the South Carolinian of Columbia. He produced several other works of fiction, as well as poetry and songs, and a biography of John Randolph of Roanoke. He maintained a lengthy correspondence with his friend, Edgar Allan Poe.
Wright I, 2562.